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Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would cost.
His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes. He has been told to expect another $1,000 fine from the federal government.
Originally posted by uberarcanist
As long as the fuel doesn't pollute more than State-approved gasoline, I don't see why he should be fined.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Fuel taxes are designed to help pay some of the costs of keeping the roads up and whatnot.
Originally posted by apc
If there were a way to differentiate veg oil fuel from veg oil food at the retail level, one could carry an extra tax. Not a very easy task.